large retailer accountability act
D.C.’s Large Retailer Accountability Act may have gone by the wayside when Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed it in September, but a new proposal could raise minimum wage in the city and surrounding Maryland counties.
Two Wal-Mart hiring centers will open in D.C. September 23 following the death of the Large Retailer Accountability Act earlier this week.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray made headlines this past week when he vetoed the controversial Large Retailer Accountability Act, but the mayor says he did his homework before making a decision.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday morning that he plans to veto the controversial Large Retailers Accountability Act.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has received a bill requiring Wal-Mart and other large retailers to pay their employees a “living wage” of at least $12.50 an hour.
D.C.’s controversial Large Retailer Accountability Act, which was passed by the city council in July, will be on Mayor Vincent Gray’s desk by Friday, according to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s office.
While the fate of six Wal-Mart stores planned for D.C. remains unclear, a 2013 study says the company could cost taxpayers between $3,015 and $5,815 per employee per year because of publicly funded benefit programs its employees are eligible for.
A D.C. councilmember says he’ll introduce a bill that would raise the minimum wage for all District of Columbia workers — not just those who work at Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers.
AutoZone, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Macy’s, Target and Walgreens have joined Wal-Mart in officially opposing a D.C. bill that would require some large retailers in the city to pay their workers more.
The bitter standoff between Wal-Mart and Washington, D.C., officials over the city’s effort to impose a higher minimum wage on big-box retailers is fueling a wider debate: How far should cities go in trying to raise pay for low-wage workers — and should larger companies be required to pay more?